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Seafood

I miss seafood. I do. Being pregnant takes away the fun of hot summer day sushi. It doesn’t however, prevent me from sewing some of my favorites from the sea. There are a lot of neat tutorials out for fun summer sewing. Or not sewing.

While She Naps made a great tuturial on a no-sew octopus. This was a lot of fun to make with things I had floating around my craft closet. I need a better name for it besides “Craft closet.” “Crap closet” or maybe “fall out shelter” … anyways. I did have to go buy the styrofoam balls, but that’s all right. I had fun with this. I tried two- one with googly eyes (because who doesn’t love googly eyes) and felt eyes. Mr. Lulu felt the felt eyes best embodied the spirit of the octopus, so I went with that. Here’s my version (which is funny because I think it’s the same color fleece that While She Naps used!) I feel he has the whole pirate chic thing going on, and I was really tempted to give him an eye patch!

I may have made a gaggle of octoped. Herd of octoped? Murder of octoped? I like murder of octoped but it’s just because it sounds frightful and let’s face it, if I ever came into contact with an octopus, I’d scare the dickens out of me.

 

 

Riley Blake Designs posted a tutorial on how to make Bohemian blowfish pincushions. This was too adorable. I gave it a go and have made two. To be honest, the lips gave me a lot of trouble, but I think that’s just me. For whatever reason, working with small pieces when sewing drives me batty. I’m a big swoopy kind of person. Tiny things (except embroidery) frustrate me.

But I was pleased with the fish! The first I didn’t add pennies to, because that woulda meant breaking into Piggy to get the pennies. I’m a debit card kinda gal. So it turned out more of a softie than a pin cushion, although, I imagine he’d be used for anything. I love that I can use scrap fabric for these projects. It doesn’t really take a full fat quarter to make them and believe me when I say I have a TON of scrap fabric!

The second fish I made I worked a little more on the lips but they still don’t look quite right. It’s ok though. And instead of pennies I used some marbles that I had near my sewing desk. I figured it’d give it weight and handled it the same way by encasing it in a small circle of fabric.
Again, I love that I get to use scrap fabric for these! I just realized that the green fish looks like it has a wick sticking out of the top! Nope, just my sewing machine! I plan on making a few more of these as friends, or perhaps for the Raptor to play with.

 

 

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Wrap yourself in tentacles.

Every once in awhile, I can guess a trend. Peacocks? I was totally all over those five years ago. And now? I still love peacocks, but peacocks have had their day. Stop being so showy and flashy.

What’s next? Tentacles. Octopus. Squid.

I’ve been trying to convince Mr. Lulu of this now for about three months…I had found a great diptych of a squid and I was shot down. But if you look closely, you’ll find the cephalapod murking behind the nearest rock.

Yes, yes, yes, I realize that trending is so over, and that with the Internet, we can have whatever trends we want…but I really think the 8-legged sea creature (squid or octopus, I’m not differentiating) will be on your next Target shelf. In a year or two.

But here’s what I found after a quick search…Oh- and by the way, on my Facebook feed this morning, Etsy was featuring this:  Art Akimbo’s Wall Tentacle.

And if you look on Etsy, there are lots of things…jewelry! This is Foowahu’s Tentacle Guardian Necklace:

The website Art Fire has a Giant Squid reusable stencil. This would look great in a bathroom, if you want to be conventional, or maybe in an entry way…

Of course, if you want something slightly more subtle, there is the Octopus shelf from Burke Decor

 

There is some amazing squid and octopus pieces out there. The mystique, the art, and the grace of these creatures is enough to bring them from the “ew” to the “aww.” Give it a chance. I bet though, you’ll start seeing a lot more of these guys escaping the depths of the ocean and finding themselves on shelves near you.

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